Difficulty III-IV
Length 5.3 Miles
Gauge Ontonagon River at Victoria Falls
Flow Range 500 - 1600 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 41 minutes ago ~ 0 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:15 am

River Description

The first 1.4 miles is the class III-IV part and is a significantly dewatered reach with a lot of action packed into a short distance. (Beware metal debris in river.) The remaining 3.9 miles is a paddle out with light rapids. (Some boaters may opt to just carry back up along the penstock.)

Rapid Descriptions

end of major gradient

Class - N/A Mile - 1.4
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Don't let the lack of detail on this run dissuade you from interest! It's just that the action is so intense and continuous (at least if you catch it at flows over 1000 cfs) that I have not bothered to try to parse out (or name) individual features. Perhaps folks who have a chance to run this more regularly have or can come up with feature names and provided them via comments and photos.

As you come in sight of the powerhouse (and it's outflow canal) the major bulk of the gradient is over. Your option is to either take-out and carry up alongside the penstock, or to continue downriver, paddling 3.9 miles of low gradient (but well-moving water) to get to the next road crossing.

The following video (Via YouTube, courtesy of "Duck Wild Producktions") shows a high-flow (4,030 cfs!) raft trip down this stretch.


Gage Descriptions

The "virtual gauge" used here is based upon two USGS gauges and the maximum penstock capacity. It should reflect the flow in the dewatered reach, but there are variables that could affect this.

This is a normally dewatered reach and flow needs to exceed the penstock capacity to provide good runnable flows.

800 to 1200 cfs should be an "ideal" for most folks

This reach has been run and is runnable at flows above the listed maximum, though at such flows it features exploding waves and large holes that need be avoided. Boaters considering a high water run should scout prior to running the section from the "Fingers" down through the slide sequence to get an accurate picture of the level of challenge involved.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Midwest Hydro Successes

Thomas O'Keefe & Angie Tornes

Working in close partnership with AW since the first flow study on the Pine River in 1991, the Rivers and Trails Program has assisted us in obtaining significant benefits for whitewater recreation through the FERC licensing process. Several projects in the midwest have benefitted from this productive partnership.

Dag Grada




Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192483 07/15/05 Dag Grada n/a
1196732 11/23/09 Rob Fix/remove broken links.
1211764 04/02/19 Rob updated image position